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Museum of Chinese "Weishengchang"Ancient Bank

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Address: No.13 South Main Street, Pingyao County 030000, China
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This was an interesting place as it was where banking started in China. We had a very knowledgeable guide (Miss Lu) who explained how they used to keep money safe, how the first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This was an interesting place as it was where banking started in China. We had a very knowledgeable guide (Miss Lu) who explained how they used to keep money safe, how the first "cheques" were controlled and how monies were transferred.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is apparently a must see according to the Lonely Planet but it's really just a few rooms with not much in them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Well worth the visit and some interesting facts about how banking started and cheques developed. It was very crowded though so go early

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

It's quite similar to Rishengchng. If the time is tight, this can be skipped. Many introduction materials are only in Chinese.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

This site details the importance of Pingyao to the financial history of ancient China. All the old computational equipment is there and the historical descriptions are indeed fascinating. Accountants will enjoy immensely, but the rest of us will find a useful setting here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

You can find a building in the back of complex with a large collection of ancient chinese money and also, ancient money from several countries of world such as Indonesia, US, Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Poland, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Very interesting exhibits over quite large area emphasising the importance of this first Bank in China

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